Seperate the fun kooky promotional events - like playing the accordian in drag - from the practical limitations of a brand new pilot program that intends to focus on the economic development of Michigan's troubled urban areas.michaelskis said:Thus far, I am wondering if it will be of any help, or if it is just getting hokey.
jordanb said:That looks about as cool as a bingo parlor in Pittsburgh.
Twenty projects in 17 Michigan cities to get Cool Cities grants
LANSING -- Twenty projects in 17 cities aimed at developing vibrant, attractive downtowns and urban areas will get $100,000 each in state grants and have access to $100 million in other development resources.
The grants were announced Wednesday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm as part of her Cool Cities initiative. The governor made the announcement during a morning news conference at Detroit's Eastern Market and was scheduled to hold an afternoon news conference at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids.
The 20 projects that are getting $100,000 catalyst grants under Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Cool Cities initiative:
-Alpena: The grant will be used to develop a pedestrian-oriented walkway through downtown on both sides of the river, providing non-motorized linkage between the downtown and public and private development projects occurring along the river.
-Bay City: The project is Waterfall Park, to be located at the end of Third Street and extending to the first bridge to cross the Saginaw River.
-Detroit: The Greater Downtown Partnership proposes to renovate Shed No. 2 which will allow an additional 50 vendors to conduct business. In addition, the project establishes the Eastern Market neighborhood as a link to the riverfront and downtown.
-Detroit: The Jefferson East Business Association proposes to redevelop three dilapidated buildings into Entertainment and Technology Incubators. They will contain 28 residential loft apartments, a TV production studio and a number of retail and food service establishments.
-Detroit: The Southwest Detroit Business Association proposes the renovation of the Odd Fellows Hall located in the heart of the Springwells neighborhood. It will become a key anchor in the multicultural area.
-Ferndale: The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority would use the catalyst grant to expand the BUILD Program, which offers a 20 percent reimbursement for exterior building improvements to properties within the downtown area. Additional Cool Cities funding would enable up to five properties to be added to the program.
-Flint: The grant will be used to restore the exterior of the Republic Bank Building which will become First Street Lofts, a 16-unit loft development downtown.
-Grand Rapids: The Avenue for the Arts Project includes the historic renovation of seven buildings, streetscape improvements along with the creation of public art, murals and the development of 35 loft apartments.
-Grand Rapids: The Uptown Revitalization Project contains a new retail development utilizing green technology that is compatible with historic district standards, a faEcade improvement program for historic commercial structures and a wayfinding design program to increase the walkability of the Uptown area.
-Jackson: The Jackson Armory Arts Project will include the redevelopment of an abandoned industrial site into a center for the arts and culture, including 39 loft apartments.
-Kalamazoo: The city will use the grant monies to move Smartshop, a unique metalworking school, gallery, and sculpture garden to a new location on the city's north side.
-Marquette: The Marquette Commons Project will consist of a groomed, refrigerated ice plaza with a skating rink, warming house, a non-motorized trail and a fountain located near the heart of the city on the site of an old parking lot and elevated railroad trestle.
-Port Huron: The catalyst project is conversion of the Relic Building into an Art Incubator for artists. The neighborhood is a vibrant, traditional downtown neighborhood offering diverse arts and culture.
-Portland: The catalyst project is a boardwalk that will connect the pedestrian bridge over the confluence of the Grand and Looking rivers. The boardwalk will run along the back of the commercial buildings on the 100 block of Kent Street. The grant will leverage additional funding for the development of lofts in the buildings.
-Saginaw: The catalyst grant will be used to redevelop two currently vacant buildings into first-floor commercial and second-floor residential uses. The two buildings are the former Aubry Cleaners building and the Federal Building.
-Saugatuck: The project involves the renovation of the old Pie Factory into the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and the enhancement of the adjacent city parking area, including streetscape improvements on Mason Street and Culver Street.
-Sault Ste. Marie: The project proposes to restore and renovate the classic and historic Soo Theatre Complex to its original grandeur of the 1930's. The project is part of the downtown revitalization and will provide economic development and other economic benefits.
-Traverse City: The project will establish an Entrepreneurial Institute to help instill an independent entrepreneurial culture into the Grand Traverse community.
-Warren: The City Square Project is a 2-acre urban park that will contain a multipurpose improvement that is a fountain in the warmer months and an ice rink in the winter. The City Square will be bounded by the new City Hall/Library, high-density residential and commercial retail, and a childcare center.
-Ypsilanti: Plans include facility improvements to the Riverside Arts Center and to partner with DTE to expand the project. The project will involve the reutilization of a vacant office structure for retail gallery, studio, office and theater set construction and other Arts Center uses in Ypsilanti's downtown historic neighborhood.
Nobody.BKM said:Wow. Who would live in a loft in downtown Flint?
And Flint needs help too, yet you slam this once great city as having no value whatsoever. :-Dmendelman said:I see my hometown, Alpena, got a peice of ths Cool Cities action. That's great. The area of the city being targeted with the money needs the help.
Dan, the audio's not working on my computer....is the Father Knows Best theme song supposed to be playing in the background?Dan said:Might as well bring back Bill Knapp's, if that's how Michigan is going to define "cool."
Apparently a planning student at the University of Michigan has a better grasp of what this program means for Michigan than our fearless leader here at Cyburbia.Dan said:Might as well bring back Bill Knapp's, if that's how Michigan is going to define "cool."
How bad is it where you are Maister? Is Michigan that bad? I know, you are just joking, but c'mon!Maister said:Dang, I was going to donate my plaid polyester leisure suit to the thrift store but now I'm keeping it! Wait long enough and anything will come back into style again.....hmmm, how's that for a new state motto? Beats the heck out of "Si quaerus peninsulum anoenam circumspice"
Oh, its not really any worse here in sw MI than elsewhere in the state or even the midwest in general. Actually, I am impressed by our governor's forward-thinking stance on this issue. I can't think of any other governors either in this state or in other states for that matter that have made the concept of 'vital cities' so much a centerpiece of their policy.Wanigas? said:How bad is it where you are Maister? Is Michigan that bad? I know, you are just joking, but c'mon!
Check out http://www.2blowhards.com/ and scroll down to "Underneath it all" for a fun little artsy rant about "coolness."teshadoh said:Those damn baby boomers, with their smooth jazz & their need to make everything (work, family, & now city) 'cool'. If you want to stick to what is considered 'cool' based on subculture norms or even film / music they could hand out needles with free heroin, host a 'down with international capitalism & proper pipe bomb throwing techniques' seminar, the mayor dresses up like Sid Vicious & every single substance is made of a hemp by product.
Because we all know, from enlightening coversations with 'cool' people at the Ralph Nader pep rally, you can do ANYTHING with hemp!
Chill, man! :-D It's only a pilot program. I think it's great that our Governor is supporting urban redevelopment projects that encourage diverse housing choices. She is creating a positive atmosphere that brings high visibility to Michigan's urban centers. To me, this is an effective way to help people change the way they think about Michigan's cities.michaelskis said:The number one thing that needs to happen if your going to change a city is to change the way that people think about that city.
We just had a presentation of national study on this demographic shift. There was a pretty lively discussion. Its all available as a free streaming video file at http://www.media.pdx.edu/PSU/IMS_062504.asxjaprovo said:There is a dwindling youth cohort in our country and its migration patterns are very uneven across regions of the country---this is the resource of cool young creatives we're chasing. This is going to be a huge issue for the rest of our professional lifetimes with implications for labor force issues, health care and education systems, and regional economic competitiveness.
I just read how Detroit's population is still declining. As for the Pasties, how did she get them? I don't think that they are all that available this side of the bridge.Wanigas? said:Mmmm! California Governor Schwarzenegger is snacking on pasties and Vernor's pop while reading about the NBA World Champions Detroit Pistons in the Detroit News. Cool!
Acttually I just found out that it works for Mac with OS X .japrovo said:We just had a presentation of national study on this demographic shift. There was a pretty lively discussion. Its all available as a free streaming video file at http://www.media.pdx.edu/PSU/IMS_062504.asx
FYI, Regrettably it does require Windows Media Player 9 (not Mac freindly) and a high speed connection to get both sound and picture.
There is some brand sold in the grocery store, which I never had. I just make them myself - yummy!!!michaelskis said:I just read how Detroit's population is still declining. As for the Pasties, how did she get them? I don't think that they are all that available this side of the bridge.
Yah, lots of construction!!michaelskis said:Has anyone on here noticed any improvement or know of anyone who has noticed any improvement in public transportation in Michigan?
My parents drove through MI the other week while visiting some relatives and commented that the state had the worst roads they have ever had the misfortune to drive on. Is the infrastructure really in as bad shape as they made it sound?[/ot]SW MI Planner said:Yah, lots of construction!!
I think MI roads are legendary. Being on the border, we go to IN a lot and it is remarkable the difference on the SAME road. It's like night and day.biscuit said:[ot]
My parents drove through MI the other week while visiting some relatives and commented that the state had the worst roads they have ever had the misfortune to drive on. Is the infrastructure really in as bad shape as they made it sound?[/ot]
You know the legend about the pot hole what swallowed a car in the UP? It is true! (it was more of a sink hole)SW MI Planner said:I think MI roads are legendary. Being on the border, we go to IN a lot and it is remarkable the difference on the SAME road. It's like night and day.
AATA (Ann Arbor Transit Authority? Transportation Authority? The thing that serves Ann Arbor/Ypsi, at any rate) set up a downtown circulator shuttle in A2 this past winter. $0.25/ride. 0 riders. Well, okay, a few. But few enough that I've seen a statistic around $19/trip. Free over the summer, then their pilot grant ends and so, most likely, does the service.michaelskis said:You know the legend about the pot hole what swallowed a car in the UP? It is true! (it was more of a sink hole)
What about new non-road based public transportation such at trains, sub-ways, trolleys, or other methods of public transportation. I think that the auto companies control too much of the Governors Office.